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Tropical Chi Chi Cocktail

Happy #SundaySupper! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. To get over the winter blues, I made us a Tropical Chi Chi Cocktail. It’s fruity, frothy, and easy to sip.

I had the pleasure of spending quality time with my closest family and friends. Every time all of us get together, it’s guaranteed to be a good time. We definitely created some memories this year. I think the best part was our Kinect bowling competition.Oh how fun it is to watch my dad grumble over a lost game of bowling and then proceed to list the arbitrary ways in which my brother must have cheated in order to win. That man cracks me up; he’s such a sore loser. I had the pleasure of beating my father at a round of bowling Christmas day. Ha ha, dad, you were taken down by a girl! How does that make you feel?

This week we’re celebrating #SundaySupper with Emeril Lagasse. Let me repeat that; we’re celebrating with THE Emeril Lagasse! He’s joining us for a “New Year’s Eve Potluck Party.” I can’t express how excited I am to cook with Emeril.


I used to watch Emeril kick it up a notch with my dad when I still lived at home. I remember sitting in the living room listening to my dad act like Emeril while he was cooking. My dad adores Emeril; I think he may even be my dad’s man crush.

Since New Year’s Eve is right around the corner (tomorrow), and I’m still in a bit of a food coma from Christmas, I felt compelled to make a cocktail. I decided on an adaption of Emeril’s Chi Chi cocktail.

I know it’s cold and blustery outside, but one sip of this tropical drink will transport your thoughts to warm places where cute pool boys (or girls) wait on your every need while you sit under a cabana on a pristine white sandy beach watching the teal blue waves drift in. Ahh, sunshine! Apparently I’m longing for the beach.

Emeril is known for his catchy phrases. I’m sure you know the phrases I’m referring to, “Bam!” and “Let’s kick it up a notch!” He really fires up his audience with those phrases. Well, I want to fire up my audience too.  Emeril has inspired me to come up with a memorable little catchphrase of  my own. You know, give my blog a little pizazz, jazz it up a bit.

Now, to come up with a catchy phrase of my own. Hmm, all I can come up with is amazeballs and that’s not really a catchphrase. It’s not like I can yell amazeballs as I’m throwing a handful of chocolate chips in some batter. Well, I suppose I could, but it sounds ridiculous. How about chip me? Of course that would only work if I’m using some type of chip. I dunno. Apparently my inner creative genius is out of commission at the moment, probably sipping one of these chi chi cocktails on a white sandy beach in the Caribbean. Lucky duck! I’ll get back to you with that catchphrase.

This Tropical Chi Chi Cocktail is insanely easy to make and fiercely delicious. I sucked one down after their photo shoot. Yup, they’re delicious. So delicious that you’ll find yourself sucking down a few of them, maybe even double fisting them.

All you have to do is dump everything in a blender and buzz until smooth–cake walk! I recommend having one for breakfast on New Year’s Eve; get the party started right. A little french toast and a chi chi cocktail, perfection.

Cheers and happy New Year’s! Remember, drink responsibly.

Tropical Chi Chi Cocktail

Yield: 2 cocktails

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka (more if you like it stronger)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 cups ice


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve in fancy little glasses adorned with a mini umbrella and pineapple slice.
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39 Responses to “Tropical Chi Chi Cocktail”

  1. #
    Bea — December 30, 2012 at 5:09 am

    That drink sounds like sunshine in a glass!!! Yum!


  2. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — December 30, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I had a mango pineapple daiquiri on Christmas eve, really more than one. I love this, with coconut and vodka! Love it, will try to make it tomorrow night, since it´s supposed to be a hot new year´s eve here. Happy 2013 Jennie!


  3. #
    Family Foodie — December 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Oh my goodness… this cocktail looks amazing and I am getting the ingredients to make this today! Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and friendship in 2012. I am looking forward to many more celebrations in 2013! Cheers!


  4. #
    Martin D. Redmond — December 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Yummy! Love the idea of having this New Year’s Day morning! Happy New Year to you and yours!


  5. #
    Renee — December 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Nothing like a taste of summer to brighten up a dreary winter day. Nice to see how you had such fun with your dad and family over Christmas. What memories to hold for a lifetime!


  6. #
    Shelby | Diabetic Foodie — December 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I’m sure you’ll come up with the perfect catchphrase after a couple of these cocktails! Happy New Year!


  7. #
    Cindys Recipes — December 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Looking outside at all the snow here makes a tropical cocktail high on my list! Have a safe and happy new year, Jennie!


  8. #
    Katie — December 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Ooooh, now this sounds refreshing and awesome!!! I would like a glass, please!


  9. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — December 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m on a boat…with a drink…

    Happy New Year baby!


  10. #
    Heather @girlichef — December 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I am SO ready to close my eyes, take a big sip of this, and be transported to a warm, sunny beach. Just beautiful! Wishing you a very happy new year, Jennie! :)


  11. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — December 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I vote amazeballs. Or how about “Let’s get messy”! Because you’re the messy baker? Get it?

    I’ll stop trying to be clever. That cocktail sounds so yummy and tropical. I’m seeing white sandy beaches just reading the ingredients.


  12. #
    Stephanie Zielinski — December 30, 2012 at 11:37 am

    We have made pineapple vodka before, I bet it would be to die for in theis recipe!!! Cheers to a happy 2013!


  13. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful picture, Jennie! I would love to try this cocktail and pretend I’m in Maui, not in cold and snowy Kansas… :) Have a wonderful NYE and a Happy New Year!!!


  14. #
    Liz — December 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Jennie, I’d love to close my eyes, sip on one of these and pretend I’m in the tropics! What a beautiful cocktail! Happy New Year!


  15. #
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — December 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my gosh if my hands weren’t ice cold right now I would want to be holding a glass of this. I think I need to try this in the summer!


  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I’m still recovering from Christmas dinner too but I’m sure this refreshing cocktail would make everything better!


  17. #
    Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite — December 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Ha I love the catch phrase amazeballs. Hubby said he would totally watch a cooking show if someone kept yelling that out. :) By the way this cocktail looks amazing.


  18. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — December 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Lol – I love smack talking. Way to take your dad down a peg or two ;) I’m also uber competitive and a terrible sore loser so I know how he must’ve felt to lose to his kids (ouch!). I’m glad to hear you had such a wonderful holiday season. Hopefully 2013 will be full of this amazeballs cocktail, sunny destinations and more milestones for you and your blog. Happy New Year, Jennie!


  19. #
    Carol Yemola — December 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    What a fantastic summer drink!


  20. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — December 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Yummy. I think pregnant mama needs a smoother version of this. I’ll add the vodka next year.


  21. #
    Conni Smith — December 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious!!!! So many of my favorite things in this cocktail!


  22. #
    mommasmeals — December 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    You have out did yourself yet again my friend! Love your pics, that’s besides the fact that I’d like to have one of these like right now!! Happy New Year to you and yours!


  23. #
    Terra — December 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Amazeballs sounds like a perfect catch phrase to me, LOL! I have a craving for a cold fruity drink for some reason, so love the idea of a fun tropical smoothie:-) Happy New Year, Hugs, Terra


  24. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — January 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I’m freezing right now so I clearly need a tropical cocktail. I’m assuming this recipe makes one serving? Hahahahaha



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